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[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Architectuul takes a look at “infrastructural scars”, at geopolitically-inspired constructions like border fences and fortifications.
  • Centauri Dreams notes what we can learn from 99942 Apophis during its 2029 close approach to Earth, just tens of thousands of kilometres away.
  • D-Brief reports on the reactions of space artists to the photograph of the black hole at the heart of M87.
  • Dangerous Minds shares the first recording of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Germany has begun work on drafting laws to cover space mining.
  • Gizmodo reports on what scientists have learned from the imaging of a very recent impact of an asteroid on the near side of the Moon.
  • io9 makes the case that Star Trek: Discovery should try to tackle climate change.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr. (Wouldn’t it be funny if it was bought, as other reports suggest might be possible, by Pornhub?)
  • JSTOR Daily reports on a 1910 examination of medical schools that, among other things, shut down all but two African-American medical schools with lasting consequences for African-American health.
  • Language Log asks why “Beijing” is commonly pronounced as “Beizhing”.
  • Simon Balto asks at Lawyers, Guns and Money why the murder of Justine Ruszczyk by a Minneapolis policeman is treated more seriously than other police killings, just because she was white and the cop was black. All victims deserve the same attention.
  • Russell Darnley at Maximos62 shares a video of the frieze of the Parthenon.
  • The NYR Daily responds to the 1979 television adaptation of the Primo Levi novel Christ Stopped at Eboli, an examination of (among other things) the problems of development.
  • Peter Rukavina is entirely right about the practical uselessness of QR codes.
  • Daniel Little at Understanding Society points readers towards the study of organizations, concentrating on Charles Perrow.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the argument of one Russian commentator that Russia should offer to extend citizenship en masse not only to Ukrainians but to Belarusians, the better to undermine independent Belarus.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares photos of some of his flourishing flowers, as his home of Palo Alto enters a California summer.

[URBAN NOTE] Five links about cities: heat island, world, black migration, real estate, megaregions

  • JSTOR Daily explains the urban heat island effect.
  • CityLab suggests the potential for cities, and their leaders, to take on greater visibility on the international stage.
  • This CityLab report on black migration patterns in different American cities, noting gains in the South, is fascinating.
  • MacLean’s shares this photo-essay looking at what sort of home a half-million dollars could buy someone in a range of Canadian cities, from Hamilton through to Vancouver.
  • Richard Florida claimed at CityLab that urban megaregions, large even cross-border metropolises, are the motive force in the world economy.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven city links: smart cities, coffee, accessible transport, regionalism, boomtowns,

  • The Conversation notes the concerns of Canadians about the potential privacy concerns regarding smart cities.
  • This CityMetric article examines the particular role of the chain coffeeshop in the contemporary city.
  • Will the tragic death of young mother Malaysia Goodson, killed trying to access public transit, lead to the spread of accessible infrastructure? Guardian Cities considers.
  • A forced amalgamation of the different regional municipalities of Toronto could easily come into conflict with locals’ identities, the Toronto Star noted.
  • National Geographic considers Silicon Valley-type boomtowns around the world. (Toronto is on that list.)
  • This Bloomberg article makes the point that, in same cases, merging cities with prosperous suburbs might be a godsends for the wider conurbations.
  • This Curbed article by novelist Jami Attenberg looks at what has changed for her–what she has gained–since moving from large metropolis New York City to the smaller centre of New Orleans.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Superlinx, housing, rooming houses, raccoons

  • Urban Toronto takes a look at the revised Superlinx plan put forth by the Toronto Board of Trade for a GTA transit network.
  • Lauren Pelley at CBC Toronto highlights a new report examining how the shortage of affordable housing has the potential to create catastrophe.
  • Aparita Bhandari at The Discourse notes that, out of one Scarborough public discussion on the housing crisis, the idea of legalizing rooming houses kept coming up. I like this idea; I lived in one myself when I first moved here.
  • May Warren at the Toronto Star notes that one-third of young adults in Toronto live with their parents, and that this response to housing costs makes perfect sense.
  • Jamie Bradburn has announced that, happily, Thursday will be Trash Panda Thursday at his blog, featuring his explorations of the noble raccoon in the mass media past of Toronto.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Toronto Coach Terminal, Metrolinx, TTC and subways, tech

  • Christopher Hume at the Toronto Star writes movingly about the neglect of the beautiful Toronto Coach Terminal. This building deserves better.
  • Ben Spurr at the Toronto Star notes the willingness of Metrolinx to turn customers’ Presto data over to the police, even without warrants.
  • Transit Toronto notes that surveying for the extension of the Yonge subway line north from Finch has begun.
  • Metrolinx has gone on the record as saying that the Downtown Relief Line, relieving pressure on the Yonge line, must open before a northwards extension of Yonge into Richmond Hill. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The Globe and Mail reports that, after rising numbers of suicide attempts, the TTC is going to redouble anti-suicide measures.
  • Toronto is becoming a growing centre of the tech industry, the Toronto Star reports, tech sector growth driving the wider provincial economy.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Metrolinx map, carding, Ontario Place, HIVE, density

  • Metrolinx shares a glorious map depicting traffic and trends at the different stops on its many routes.
  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford may yet enable carding-like practices by police.
  • The criticism by an Ontario government minister of the state of Ontario Place is worrisome. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares a photo of the construction at the vast Hive site downtown.
  • George Popper at Spacing Toronto looks at three neighbourhoods where housing in Toronto can really densify indeed must densify, including the Bloor-Danforth corridor.

[BLOG] Five city links: Mississauga, Simcoe County, Detrroit, Burnaby, El Paso

  • Hazel McCallion, the nonagenarian former mayor of Mississauga, has been appointed an advisor to the Ford government in Ontario. Global News reports.
  • A Simcoe County that faces a threat of amalgamation under the Ontario provincial government is already composed of communities feeling they lack adequate representation. The Toronto Star reports.
  • CityLab notes how a history of racism complicated efforts to plant new trees in Detroit.
  • Douglas Todd at the Vancouver Sun notes how ethnic tensions in multicultural South Burnaby surfaced in the former Liberal candidate’s treatment of NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
  • The NYR Daily looks at what is going on in and around El Paso as the Mexican-American border facing further closing.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Ontario arts, Alberta vs. Québec, referendum, West, WeChat

  • The scale of the cuts by the Ontario government to the Ontario Arts Council, including those directed towards Indigenous artists, is appalling. Global News reports.
  • The provinces of Alberta and Québec are feuding over the latter province’s opposition to new pipeline construction, Albertans trying to lead a boycott. CTV News reports.
  • Quartz notes, with reference to Brexit, that if the Oui had won the 1995 referendum on Québec independence Jean Chrétien would have held a second referendum to confirm the result.
  • CBC hosts an opinion piece by Monte Solberg talking about western Canadian alienation.
  • China-based social app WeChat has been limiting the articles its Canadian users can access on the Huawei crisis. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: mass transit, inequality, Midwest vs Northeast, Slab City, Europe

[NEWS] Some economics links: Québec, Canada, Mexico, United States, Poland and China

  • Despite strong economic growth recently, it is unlikely that the CAQ will be able to fulfill its promise to make Québec no longer a net receiver of equalization payments. The National Post reports.
  • Canadians may well be relieved that NAFTA has been superseded smoothly enough by the USMCA, but Canadians are also not forgetting their country’s treatment by the Trump Administration. The Canadian Press, via CTV News, reports.
  • MacLean’s explains the NAFTA/USMCA situation from the perspective of Mexicans, who seem to have felt their country simply did not have many good choices.
  • Do the wage increases given to workers by Amazon promise higher wages for American workers more generally and a strong economy? Maybe, maybe not. CBC’s Don Pittis reports.
  • So far, Poland has not benefited as much as it might hope from Chinese investments in the country. Transitions Online reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2018 at 10:00 pm